ECU Rallies to Stay Perfect

The Pirates keep their record unblemished at 3-0 in a thrilling game at Minges Coliseum against UNC-Greensboro.

Thanks in part to a 28-8 run in the second half and the return of the their first team all-conference point guard, Miguel Paul, the Pirates came from behind to defeat the UNC-Greensboro Spartans 76-73.

Paul was very excited to get back in the lineup after missing ECU's first two games due to violating a team rule.

"I felt like I not only let myself down but the team, my family, and the community" said Paul. "I just wanted to make sure I gave them a little something before they get on me some more.

UNC-G had the 4,946 in the stands at Minges Coliseum on pins and needles when they had an opportunity to tie the game in the final seconds, but junior forward Trevis Simpson, who led the Spartans with 19 points and had just completed a four-point play on the previous possession, was unable to convert on a forced-shot from the right wing.

Junior transfer Akeem Richmond energized the crowd down the stretch, scoring all of his 16 points in the second half and shot 50 percent (4-8) from behind the three-point line. During their second half run, Richmond scored 11 straight points for the Pirates.

"(My) first shot gave me a lot of confidence," said Richmond. "We just executed the offense and it's a pretty good feeling."

Senior forward Maurice Kemp played a key role in the win once again. He notched a double double, scoring 16 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. Freshman forward Marshall Guilmette checked in for 10 points and five rebounds.

In the first half, the story was senior guard Korey Van Dussen. He had 16 points, shooting 4-4 on three-pointers, and had the Spartans leading 39-31 at the break. In the second half, he was not a factor, only scoring 2 points from the free-throw line following a Robert Sampson technical foul.

ECU has now started their season 3-0 for the first time since the 2008-2009 season and only for the fifth time since becoming a Division I institution.

The Pirates next game will be Tuesday night at 7 p.m. when the Pirates play host to the Appalachian State Mountaineers to close their four game homestand at Minges Coliseum.


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